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Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.
Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.

Family Medicine — Primary Care - HFM — Family Medicine

Not Accepting New Patients

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.

Family Medicine — Primary Care - HFM — Family Medicine

Not Accepting New Patients


Highland Family Medicine
777 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-1448
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(585) 279-4800



(585) 473-2245

About Me

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D. is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry & Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and board-certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Epstein is active in research and medical education. He is Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, which focuses on how to improve communication between clinicians, patients and their loved ones. He also directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program to promote excellence in medical education. He has over 200 publications.

Dr. Epstein graduated from Wesleyan University (1976) and Harvard Medical School (1984). Among his accomplishments, he was named the first George Engel and John Romano Dean's Teaching Scholar at the University of Rochester. National honors include the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for lifetime achievement in research on communication and health and the Humanism in Medicine Award from the New York Academy of Medicine. He has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major national and international conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness in health care. He is a accomplished harpsichordist and gourmet cook, and an avid cyclist and cross-country skier. His wife, Deborah Fox is a freelance lutenist and founding artistic director of Pegasus Early Music. They have two children, Malka and Eli.

Dr. Epstein admits to:

Strong Memorial Hospital



MD | Harvard Medical School — 1984

Post-doctoral Training & Residency:

Fellowship in FM/Psych/HIV at Highland Hospital of Rochester — 1988 - 1990
Internship in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital — 1984 - 1985
Residency in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital — 1985 - 1987



Laidsaar-Powell R, Butow P, Charles C, Gafni A, Entwistle V, Epstein R, Juraskova I. "The TRIO Framework: Conceptual insights into family caregiver involvement and influence throughout cancer treatment decision-making." Patient education and counseling.. 2017 Nov 0; 100(11):2035-2046. Epub 2017 May 05.

Locock L, Lehman R, Epstein RM. "Sharing Experiences of Illness and Care." JAMA internal medicine.. 2017 Sep 1; 177(9):1249-1250.

Elias CM, Shields CG, Griggs JJ, Fiscella K, Christ SL, Colbert J, Henry SG, Hoh BG, Hunte HER, Marshall M, Mohile SG, Plumb S, Tejani MA, Venuti A, Epstein RM. "The social and behavioral influences (SBI) study: study design and rationale for studying the effects of race and activation on cancer pain management." BMC cancer. 2017 Aug 25; 17(1):575. Epub 2017 Aug 25.

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